Some Final Words on New Zealand’s Crazy Election Campaign


The 2014 New Zealand election has been overrun by grubby scandals, mass surveillance accusations, hackers, bloggers, spies, political black ops, indigenous Maori radicals, and a larger-than-life German internet millionaire by the name of Kim Dotcom. New Zealand, with its population of just under 4.5 million, has never seen anything like it. Unsurprisingly these ructions are causing consternation among the political and media classes. The six year honeymoon ... Read More »

Syria’s Cultural Artifacts Are Blood Diamonds for ISIS


The destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage could have even more widespread ramifications than we realize, the Wall Street Journal reports. Christian C. Sahner takes a close look at the motivation behind the widely reported destruction of religious, historical, and cultural sites, arguing that “the nation’s heritage has been used as a weapon to finance bloodshed, to settle sectarian scores, and to erase ... Read More »

At Issue Is Who Shall Rule The World

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Interview With Michael Hudson “ICH” – “RT” – -    RT: Could you summarize for us the tried and tested steps that will lead from IMF loans, to Ukraine’s best assets ending up in private Western hands – the IMF’s ‘knee-breaker’ role as you memorably described it as? Michael Hudson: The basic principle to bear in mind is that finance today is war ... Read More »

Jesus Lived in a Police State


“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Those living through this present ... Read More »

Game is as great as ever, and empires as avaricious

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Illustration: michaelmucci.com Join the debate: SMH Comment It seems the good people of Sevastopol really want to be Russian. All 123 per cent of them turned out to vote in this week’s referendum to say so. They’re a fickle bunch, though. If they’re anything like their fellow Crimeans, only about a third of them felt this way in 2011, and ... Read More »

Putin’s Motives Rooted in History Remain a Mystery Abroad

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As tensions between Russia and the West grew more heated with Vladimir Putin’s rapid move yesterday to recognize Crimea as an independent state, his actions and motives remain opaque to U.S. and European officials. Some in the U.S., including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, have dismissed the Russian president as “delusional” or intent on recreating the Soviet Union. Others, ... Read More »

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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Washington’s plan to seize Ukraine and to evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base has come amiss. But to turn around Lenin’s quote, “two steps forward, one step back.” Do you remember all the tough talk coming from John Kerry, the White House Fool, Hilary Clinton, and the lickspittle Merkel about the harsh sanctions that would “badly damage” the ... Read More »

The Best Historical Analogy for Crimea Doesn’t Involve Nazis

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For precedent, look to Cyprus instead of Poland Hillary Clinton is only the highest profile figure to compare Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine to Hitler’s expansionist policies prior to World War II. This week, as The Washington Post helpfully lists, we’ve heard other versions of the Hitler analogy from John McCain, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Garry Kasparov, and many others. As Nazi ... Read More »

Saudi strategy includes alliance with Pakistan

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During his Jan. 6 visit to Pakistan, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal celebrated the “deep-rooted historic relations between the two Islamic countries” and promised regular consultation meetings on regional and international issues of mutual concern. The promise of Saudi investment, together with remittances of around 1.5 million Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia are much needed in Pakistan. Saudi Minister of Foreign ... Read More »